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Irish Wolfhounds

Published August 6, 2018 by lynn k scott

Did you ever have a friend (or maybe it’s you) that whenever they go to a party, if there is a dog around, that’s where you will find them?  Well, that’s me!  I enjoy hanging out with friends, but truth be told I go to hang out their canine companions.  This weekend, I had the honor of visiting with two Irish Wolfhounds.  There was also a French Bulldog.  He was an adorable little fellow, but I love big dogs.

Currently, a Great Dane holds the record for the largest dog, however, these Greyhound-like dogs, in general are among the largest dogs around.  They aren’t really guard dog material.  Their over-friendly demeanor negates this.  However, sheer size would probably make any would-be thief, rethink breaking into their home.  They are hounds and were originally big-game hunters; including, the wolf.

I had the privilege of meeting a Wolfhound pup about 15 years ago.  He was only 6 months old and already stood as tall my hips.  Granted, I’m only 5’2, but most dogs normally are thigh-high to me.

I look for simple pleasures wherever possible and this was one of the best.  I sat on the step in the backyard.  Both the male and female, at different times, thought it would be fun to sniff and push my hair around with their muzzles.  I was cracking up.

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Wolfhounds are really gentle giants; unless provoked.  The biggest issue we had at the party was the male dog felt he was entitled to a bit of human food.  When you have dogs, the size of small horses, keeping food out their reach can be a bit challenging.

The male chose to take some food off the covered pool table.  The food was placed in the center.  All it took was for this majestic creature to slowly raise up on his hind legs, put his front paws on the table and reach the food to be consumed.  He wasn’t stretching or anything.  As naughty as it was, I was tickled pink.  He was just too cute.  As if a table would stop his escapades.

Overall, a few hours with this pair and their sidekick, the Frenchie, was so enjoyable.  It was something I needed and was the primary reason I wanted to go the party.  I love dogs and I’m more than willing to give them undivided attention.  Ok, so it’s a dog quirk I have; but I’ll live with it.

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet one of the awesome dogs in person, I highly recommend doing so.  It’s definitely a bucket list-worthy experience.

Reblog: Morning Video Series: Cilantro-Avocado Dressing — The Purple Almond

Published August 3, 2018 by lynn k scott

I adore avocados and eat them every week.  It’s not uncommon for me to go through 3-5 avocados in a week.  I put them on eggs, salads, make gluten-free brownies, top enchiladas, make guacamole with them…the list goes on and on.

There are so many recipes that utilize this awesome fruit.  Give it a go…you won’t be disappointed.

 

Each day this week, I’ll list 2 different health benefits of avocados AND, post a video, showcasing a different way to use this amazing plant.

via Morning Video Series: Cilantro-Avocado Dressing — The Purple Almond

Homemade Pesto

Published August 3, 2018 by lynn k scott

I made homemade pesto yesterday.  You only need a few ingredients for a wonderful sauce that can be added to pasta, sandwiches, salads, etc.  I can’t give exact measurements, as I tend to cook by sight and taste versus actual quantities.

As I am embracing a primarily vegan diet (usually about 75% of the time), this recipe works perfectly for that.  I know someone is thinking, ‘what about the cheese?’.  I have a response for that.  You can either omit it or you can substitute nutritional yeast.  It has a pseudo-Parmesan cheese flavor.  I will admit, I forgot to include the nutritional yeast in the picture.

In addition to being vegan, it’s also raw and gluten-free.  It’s full of flavor and blends up in seconds.

You can choose to lightly toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet for a few minutes or just buy them already toasted (what I did).

You can try this basic recipe or Google other pesto recipes.  It’s usually made with basil, however, I’ve seen a multitude of substitutions as well.

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Ingredients:

  • Basil
  • pine nuts
  • garlic clove(s)
  • nutritional yeast (or Parmesan cheese; for the non-vegans)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Olive oil

Place all the ingredients into a food processor.  Blend (or pulse) to a smooth consistency.  Make sure to scrape down the sides as you go.  Either add to pasta that’s already cooked or store in the refrigerator to use at another time.

There is no need to heat the pesto sauce.  Hot pasta will actually warm it up. It’s a nice alternative to marinara or pizza sauce.

 

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